Geotechnical Engineer Salary

The national average salary for Geotechnical Engineers is $61K per year; by contrast, very senior professionals enjoy a significantly higher average pay rate, around $103K. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $71K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $83K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $103K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,556 - $85,173
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$45K
$61K
$85K
MEDIAN: $61,108
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$16.19 - $37.43
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$44,556 - $85,173  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,212  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $7,450  
Total Pay (?
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$43,855 - $86,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 691
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.19 - $37.43  
   
Overtime
$21.58 - $42.44  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,212  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $7,450  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,855 - $86,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.

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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer


Salary cannot be beat at URS Corporation Inc., where median pay comes to $66K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $58K, and the higher end is not far away at $75K.

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer


Geotechnical Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, AutoCAD, and Visual Basic. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel. A tool kit that includes Microsoft Office also typically contains Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Geotechnical Engineers, 23 percent higher than the national average. Geotechnical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+18 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Portland (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Philadelphia (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project
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Engineering Design
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Matlab
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National Average
$62,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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AutoDesk
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 6%